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Clutter

You may have noticed that a new Quotes to Ponder hasn't been posted in the last month. A few things happened ... I was pretty "computer" tired from the work we did to get the CHFWeb Message Board back up & running. I have been in a writer's slump, starting several "articles," but not finishing any of them. And I received a challenge to declutter my home. Some of the thoughts from my decluttering efforts are in this Quotes to Ponder. - Kathy Ridpath

The word "decluttering" brings to my mind the image of boxes and bags being dumped out of a house. The house sighs with relief! Getting rid of the junk is a good first step. If to clutter means to "fill with confusion," to declutter might mean to "restore order."

I'm in the process of seriously decluttering my home (see Homemaking for discussions on decluttering). As I go through cluttered area after cluttered area, I've come face-to-face with memories, both good and bad, and hopes, some realized and some still to come. I realize that my mind has needed to be decluttered, too. In her book, Discipline: The Glad Surrender, Elisabeth Elliot writes ...

A house that is cluttered is usually lived in by people whose minds are also cluttered, who need to simplify their lives. This begins with simplifying and clarifying their thinking. Mind and life need to be freed from the "disorder of the unnecessary."

What a phrase -- "disorder of the unnecessary." These are tough words for me. I live a typical homeschool lifestyle *grin* with lots of books and learning materials and resources, plus my family seems to save everything from the box the curling iron came in to every screw, nail, nut, and bolt to half-finished, must-do projects. Yet, Mrs. Elliot's words are not a condemnation, but a challenge to evaluate how I am living. In her book, The True Measure of a Woman, Lisa Bevere writes ...

Just like our closets, our minds can become cluttered by the patterns or trends of this world. These outfits, or thought processes, may look like they belong in our closets the first few years they take up residence. But with the passage of time, they soon appear threadbare and out of sorts. They fit too tight or too loose, too long or too short. Unless our closets--minds--are cleared out and reorganized on a timely and regular basis, we will not be able to test and apply God's truth to our lives.

One of the books I read when motivating myself to declutter was called Clutter Control by Jeff Campbell. One line he wrote hit me dead-on ...

In a sense, clutter is the end result of procrastination

Ugh! I can't tell you how many times I put something in a box or drawer or somewhere promising to decide what to do with it later. Another quote from this book made me examine other reasons we obtain and keep so much stuff ...

The times in which we live will probably not be recorded as one of the great introspective or spiritual ages. Unfortunately, the safe money is on materialism--at least in the short term.

As I end this ramble of random thoughts on clutter, I want to thank the Lord for this time of decluttering. As He always does, He is with me every step, teaching me and revealing more about Himself. If you have considered decluttering, please join us on the Homemaking section for sharing our "war" stories and accomplishments and encouragement.

Jesus said unto him, If thou wilt be perfect, go and sell that thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come and follow me. - Matthew 19:21

And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. - Romans 12:2

For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints. - 1 Corinthians 14:33

March 26, 1999
1999 by Kathy Ridpath
Please ask for permission to reprint this article, ridpath@chfweb.com. Thank you!


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Discipline : The Glad Surrender
by Elisabeth Elliot
I love all of Elisabeth Elliot's books, but this has to be one of my very favorites. Included are chapters on the discipline of the body, mind, place, time, possessions, work, feelings. Elisabeth Elliot says if we're always frantic and frustrated, harried and harassed, and "hassled,", it's a sign that we're running on our own schedule, not God's. Jesus said *His* burden is light, and it's only when we carry additional burdens that He never meant us to carry that weigh us down. A book to be read, digested, then read again and shared with others! --Tamara Eaton
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The True Measure of a Woman:
You are more than what you see

by Lisa Bevere
I just started reading this book so I can't recommend it entirely yet. I have enjoyed and been blessed by other books by Lisa Bevere and look forward to finishing this one!-- Kathy Ridpath
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Clutter Control
Putting Your Home on a Diet

by Jeff Campbell of The Clean Team
This is not a Christian book, but a practical book for learning how to restore order in your home. It provides practical decluttering tips and much more. It was one of many that I checked out of my public library. I sggest you go to your library rather than clutter your home with a book about clutter! *grin* -- Kathy Ridpath


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